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Obama nominates U.S. attorney

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — President Barack Obama has nominated an Albuquerque native as the next U.S. attorney for the district of New Mexico.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Obama’s selection of Damon Martinez on Thursday. The two had recommended Martinez for the post in April.

Martinez has served as an assistant U.S. attorney since 2001 and currently supervises the organized crime and gang section in Albuquerque. He has also worked on national security, anti-terrorism, immigration and narcotics cases.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Martinez served as an assistant state attorney general.

The U.S. Senate will have the final say on Martinez’s confirmation.



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